Sepang Offers 250cc Battle
A Thrilling And Best Excitement Ever

Casey Stoner who secured winning last year POLINI Malaysia GrandPrix 2007 race 
would compete against Marco Melandri and Dani Pedrosa in Sepang.
Picture by KF Chow

6th Oct 2008, Sepang – Despite the championship battle for the world MotoGP and 125cc crown being over, the upcoming 2008 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix will still promise to be a thrilling affair and an enjoyment for motorcycling fans, event promoter Sepang International Circuit (SIC) said today.

“Irrespective of the two world championships have already being won, riders at the MotoGP as well as the 250cc and 125cc would be fully committed to win and will go all out for victory. That was clearly shown at the MotoGP race in Australia yesterday,” says SIC spokesman, Ismadi Ishak, who is the project manager for the 2008 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

“We saw how Dani Pedrosa approached the race yesterday at Phillip Island. He was pushing his Honda machine to the limit and was unfortunate to crash. Valentino Rossi had already won the world crown; but he, too, went all out and had challenged Nicky Hayden till the very last lap to finish second. I see each and every rider in all the classes pushing to the maximum at Sepang. This is the MotoGP … that’s how things are. Everybody wants to win,” added Ismadi, who is SIC Sales Manager.

Having taken the holeshot at the Australian Grand Prix yesterday, Pedrosa, who is on a mission to defend his second place in the overall standings, pushed his machine further to take an early control of the race. But, he was unlucky to crash as the Spaniard entered the second corner when his rear tyre started sliding.

Rossi, who secured his sixth MotoGP world crown at the preceding race in Motegi, had a poor start and was locked in a early battle with the mid-runners from ninth position. Using every ounce of his skills and executing some of the daring maneuvers, Rossi managed to pass all the other leading riders except Casey Stoner, who scored a comfortable win infront of his home crowd.

“We expect they will put up their best performance again in Sepang. The Malaysian GP will be as thrilling and as exciting, if not even more, as its previous editions. Similarly, for the 125cc. The world title has been won, but they would want to win the Malaysian GP,” Ismadi said in reference to Mike De Meglio’s victory in Phillip Island yesterday to win the 125cc world title.

Sepang will host the penultimate round of the 2008 season from 17th October to 19th October and the upcoming Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix could be the crowning stage for 250cc world title with Marco Simoncelli having his first match-point to secure the world title. At the Australian Grand Prix yesterday, the 21-year-old Italian prevailed on his Gilera by just 0.223secs from Alvaro Bautista to take his fifth GP win of the season to go 37 points clear of the Spaniard in the championship with two races left in Malaysia and Spain.

“That would be one battle that no GP fan would want to miss. It was one of the best 250cc races that the world had ever seen yesterday as Simoncelli and Bautista exchanged leads throughout the race in Phillip Island. The race in Sepang would be as thrilling,” said Ismadi.

Apart from the MotoGP, the GP 250cc and 125cc race, fans would also be treated to the best of the local competition with Malaysian riders battling against some of the best riders in the region in the final round of the Malaysian Super Series, which had been slotted as support races for the event.

“The off-track activities would be as sensational with fans to be treated to stunt demonstration by world renowned stunt master Humberto Ribeiro at the Mall Area, entertainment, meet the MotoGP stars, bike displays and loads of prizes including bikes in our lucky draw. It will all be happening at the MotoGP in Sepang,” added Ismadi.
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